Posted by Concerned Dogmom (Holton, Kansas) on 06/14/2014
I have a 7 year old Poodle, Pierre, (supposed to be pedigree but I have my doubts), who has had allergies since we got him at 3 months old. When he had his full set of shots at 4 months old, he had a horrible reaction (nose swelling, lethargic and itching), so had to get a shot for the reaction. I have told the vet-no Bordatella shot again-the other vaccines don't seem to bother him.
Three years ago he had a "staph" infection on his skin, vet treated him with some high power antibiotics which seemed to have cured that infection, anyway he doesn't have the black spots all over his skin. He has had yeast infection in the ears for the past four years, which I treat with Zymox from the vet. In the past has put him on Temeril P, Theophylline and Clindomyacin at different times of infection (for whatever is going on in his nose and throat all the time). The vet took an x-ray the last time his teeth were cleaned and didn't see any blockage in his throat/esophagus, etc so has treated him with steroids at least twice but I stopped them immediately as he was allergic.
Theophylline worked the first two times but not the third. Clindomyacin was the same way, didn't work this last time which he just finished on Monday. The corners of his eyes ooze beige/brown stuff that turns dark brown and crusty regularly. He has been licking his front toe at the base of the nails to the point where it bleeds. He is always rubbing the side of his face in the carpet or along the front of the divan like it itches.
Vet told me to give him a tsp of Benedryl in his wet dog food daily, but I quit doing that as it doesn't seem to help. I have to take him to the vet to have his anal glands expressed regularly, today the vet said they were the fullest he has ever seen but it was because I hadn't taken him for 2 months. (maybe I should learn to do this myself). I took him to the vet several months back because his belly was swollen, vet looked in his mouth too and said his teeth need to be cleaned, they have plaque, gingivitis and infection, but he wanted to do blood work first and the results were elevated liver enzymes.
So then he put him on Denosyl, he just finished his second round two weeks ago, he had blood work today and I haven't heard yet if the liver enzymes are still elevated. I am at my wits end, he sounds like his nose/throat is full of congestion all the time, when he lifts his head up to look at me his throat makes a weird sound (like a grunting sound), he has some energy but not a lot. I am perplexed at the "elevated liver enzymes", have any of you had this problem with your dog? I just hope they aren't elevated again!
After reading all of the issues with ear yeast infections I am thinking of trying the ACF solution in the ear and possibly a tsp. of coconut oil in his wet food. He has been overweight for the past 3 years so the vet wanted him to try S.D. W/D dry and R/D canned. It is not working, he is still overweight and still miserable. I am sure I should change his food to a "no grain, no gluten" food with just meat and veggies. (I think the dog food is part of the problem.) But not sure where to start, I am tired of all the vet bills, my dog not feeling well most of the time, his yeasty ears and his allergies. I know I have typed a BOOK, but any suggestions would be SO wonderful!